Hotel in Spanish

Need to know what to say at a hotel in Spanish? This free audio lesson is for you! Whether you’re making a hotel reservation over the phone, or you’re face to face with a Spanish-speaking receptionist, the Rocket Spanish team will walk you through the kind of simple Spanish conversation you need to understand.

Listen carefully to the Spanish pronunciation of the native Spanish speakers and then try saying the Spanish words and phrases aloud. After this lesson you’ll feel more confident with questions in Spanish like “how much?” and “how many?”. Vamoslet’s go!

How to say hotel in Spanish

Here are some of the most basic Spanish phrases to get you started. Further on in this lesson we will look at the pronunciation of these and more Spanish phrases.
 

  • ¿En que le puedo ayudar? - How can I help you?
  • tengo / no tengo - I have / I don’t have
  • una reservación - a reservation
  • para - for
  • me llamo… - my name is…
  • hoy - today
  • el nombre - the name
  • su - yours, his, hers
  • bajo de - under, beneath
  • la esposa - the wife

At the hotel in Spanish

Carlos and Carmona have been planning this trip to Ecuador for ages and are hoping see many new things. Last time you saw them, in the Taxi in Spanish lesson, they'd found their way through the airport and were headed to their hotel in a rickety taxi. Now, they discover that their reservations have been lost.

The taxi drops Carlos and Carmona off on a bustling avenue with wide streets and buses zipping crazily back and forth. They lug their suitcases through the entrance of a tall, dark building. The receptionist looks up as they enter.

Follow along with their conversation by playing the audio.

Buenos días, señor. ¿En qué le puedo ayudar?

Good morning, sir. How can I help you?

Tengo una reservación para dos. Me llamo Carlos Morales.

I have a reservation for two. My name is Carlos Morales.

¿Para cuándo es la reservación?

For when is the reservation?

Para hoy, el tres de agosto.

For today, the third of August.

Lo siento, señor. No tengo su nombre en el libro.

I’m sorry, sir. I don’t have your name in the book.

¿No está bajo del nombre de mi esposa, Carmona Morales?

It’s not under the name of my wife, Carmona Morales?

No. Lo siento, señor.

No. I’m sorry, sir.

Here are some of the important words and phrases that you should be able to pick out of this conversation about hotels in Spanish.

¿En que le puedo ayudar?

How can I help you?

tengo / no tengo

I have / I don’t have

una reservación

a reservation

para

for

me llamo…

my name is…

hoy

today

el nombre

the name

su

yours, his, hers

bajo de

under, beneath

la esposa

the wife

mi

my

Carlos looks back at Carmona grimly. She looks tired. It was a long flight, and both of them just want a shower and a nap. Carlos turns back to the receptionist.

¿Tiene otra habitación?

Do you have another room?

¿Qué necesita? ¿Una habitación para dos?

What do you need? A room for two?

Sí.

Yes.

¿Cama matrimonial?

A double bed?

Sí, por favor.

Yes, please.

No hay, lo siento.

There isn’t one, I’m sorry.

Una habitación con dos camas está bien.

A room with two beds is okay.

A ver... No hay tampoco. Hay una habitación individual.

Let's see... There isn’t one either.

Bueno, tomamos esa.

Well, we’ll take that one.

Es una habitación muy pequeña.

It’s a very small room.

No me importa.

I don’t care.

Here are some of the important words and phrases that you should be able to pick out of the conversation.

¿Tiene otro?

Do you have another?

¿Qué necesita?

What do you need?

doble

double, also a room with twin beds

cama matrimonial

double bed (literally, marital bed)

hay / no hay

there is/are, there isn’t/aren’t

tampoco

either

individual

single, individual

eso/esa

that one

pequeño

small

no me importa

I don’t care

Carmona watches gratefully as the receptionist starts writing their details in the book. “We can change hotels tomorrow,” she tells Carlos. The receptionist hands Carlos a sheet of paper to fill in.

¿Cómo desea pagar? ¿Por crédito, por cheque, o en efectivo?

How would you like to pay? By credit, check, or cash?

Por crédito, por favor.

By credit, please.

¿Me puede dar su tarjeta de crédito?

Could you give me your credit card?

Aquí está.

Here it is.

Ustedes estarán en la habitación número cinco. Aquí está la llave. Las puertas al edificio se cierran a las once de la noche. Después de eso hay que timbrar para entrar. Tienen que salir a las diez de la mañana

You will be in room number five. Here is the key. The doors to the building close at eleven o’clock at night. After that you’ll have to ring the bell to enter. You have to leave at ten o’clock in the morning.

Gracias.

Thank you.

¿Necesitan ustedes ayuda con las maletas?

Do you need help with the suitcases?

No, gracias.

No, thanks.

Here are some of the important words and phrases that you should be able to pick out of the conversation.

¿cómo desea pagar?

how would you like to pay?

por crédito

by credit

por cheque

by check

en efectivo

cash

¿me puede dar?

can you give me?

la tarjeta de crédito

the credit card

aquí está

here it is

habitación número cinco

room number five

la llave

the key

las puertas

the doors

el edificio

the building

de la noche / de la mañana

at night / in the morning

hay que

you have to, one has to

timbrar

ring (the bell)

entrar

to enter

salir

to exit, to leave

Wearily, Carlos and Carmona carry their bags up to their room. “After a nap,” Carlos promises, “we’re going to explore the city!”

I hope that this lesson has given you lots of useful words and phrases. Getting a hotel room can be a difficult and scary task in a Latin American country … especially if the receptionist doesn’t know any English!

From my experience, most major hotels either have someone who knows a little English or can offer you a printed list of their rooms and services in English. However, be warned: sometimes the person who knows a little English can be worse than the person who knows no English. My friend Amy says that she's been in hostels where the receptionist was certain that he was speaking English to her, but she found it completely incomprehensible!

For more lessons on Spanish vocabulary I recommend these!​

See you soon!  ¡Hasta pronto!

Mauricio
Mauricio Evlampieff
Rocket Spanish


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